Legislation

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Recently passed in Virginia, the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act will allow many individuals in California whose disabilities occurred before age 26 to open one tax-exempt ABLE savings account to spend on qualified disability expenses.
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Members of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association recently converged on Capitol Hill to urge Congressional leaders to put patients first, and preserve access to hospital-level, intensive medical rehabilitation.
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What seems like an annual battle to extend therapy cap exceptions may end this year if the recently-introduced Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act is approved. The bill debuted with bi-partisan support, and aims to repeal Medicare’s outpatient therapy cap permanently.
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Military service personnel can incur injuries that are considerably different in nature to those commonly sustained throughout the civilian workforce. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act designates greater amounts of sick leave for veterans who are federal employees to make up for the accelerated rate of treatment their injuries can demand.
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Earlier this month, CMS is reported to have published a final rule that implements significant changes to Medicare payment policies for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies.
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On October 6, President Obama signed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) into law.
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Bipartisan legislation intended to reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program recently passed the Senate.
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A bill introduced in the Senate is designed to expand “locum tenens” arrangements to include PTs, allowing for those in private practice to provide continuity of care to Medicare patients in the event of the therapist’s absence.
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The Senate recently approved the IMPACT Act; legislation intended to improve post-acute care for Medicare beneficiaries while paving the way for more accountable, quality-driven benefits to patients.
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In a recent statement, Bruce M. Gans, MD, American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA), voiced the organization’s approval regarding the recent passage of the IMPACT Act in the Senate.
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A recent news release issued by the US International Council on Disabilities reports that Guyana has become the latest nation to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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Newly introduced legislation aims to expand telehealth services under Medicare, including telehealth coverage for healthcare professionals such as speech language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and audiologists.
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The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee will move forward with markup of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or Disability Treaty, July 22.
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In a recent news release, United Spinal Association applauded the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); legislation intended to help prepare jobseekers for in-demand occupations in their communities through relevant skills training and job placement services.
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Hawaii is now the 50th state to license occupational therapists (OTs) and the 49th state to license occupational therapy assistants (OTAs).
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New legislation signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on July 1 is designed to allow patients to go directly to a physical therapist for treatment and evaluation without a referral from a physician.
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Bipartisan legislation (HR 4994/S 2553) introduced on June 26 aims to standardize data used across post-acute settings.
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In light of the Supreme Court ruling in the Bond v. United States case, Paralyzed Veterans of America is now calling for Senate action regarding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Treaty, according to a news release issued by the organization.
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A recent news release announced that United Spinal Association and Disabled in Action won a unanimous panel decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found the Board of Elections in New York City (BOE) discriminated against voters with disabilities by failing to make its poll sites accessible to voters with disabilities on Election Day.
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The APTA-led Therapy Cap Coalition has submitted a letter to House and Senate leadership, encouraging the addition of a permanent repeal of the therapy cap to the current sustainable growth (SGR) reform proposal.